Transferring to Middlebury
Can anybody give me an indication as to what Middlebury looks for in a student, as well as how tough the admission rate is for transfer students?
Just a background if you're interested: I'm a rising sophomore at Fordham University and I would consider myself pretty miserable there. I applied for transfer this year, but the schools I got accepted to made me realize that I don't want to go to a big school in a city. What I really want is a small liberal arts college to teach me how to think—not so much so as what to think. My ideal college would also be in the middle of nowhere, rural America. I've lived all my life in a city and I figure that a rural environment would push my perceptions more off the grid than what a metropolitan environment would.
I hold a 3.9 GPA at Fordham, but a 3.2 UW (Weighted with 4 AP's) gpa at an extremely competitive high school.
EC'S: KQED Radio internship, New America Media internship, San Francisco magazine internship, college school newspaper writer, volunteer as writing tutor at 826 valencia, volunteer as academic tutor in an org. in NYC, copy editing staff member of college's newspaper and research journal. In high school, I was editor of the opinion section of my school paper, a Pacemaker winner.
When I return to Fordham, I plan to initiate a petition to get recycling bins for paper in the residential hall. (Would you believe our res hall doesn't recycle PAPER?!?!) I also plan to join the Jew club, enviornmental club, middle eastern club, and mock trial.
Hook: I'm Chinese American + first generation. I speak Cantonese, Teochew (an archaic dialect of Chinese), and of course English. I plan to major in English and minor in Spanish. (which may be appealing to Middlebury).
+I'm confident I can get some pretty kick ass recommendations.
I'm also applying to Kenyon, Oberlin, Carleton, Skidmore, Whitman, Lawrence, Vassar, Hamilton (and there's about 10 more LAC's to add to the list since I know the acceptance rate for most LACs are extremely narrow).
Now, I know I don't have shiniest stats for Middlebury. I'm almost positive that I will be rejected, but Middlebury is my first choice school. It's the quintessential liberal arts school and the community, the rigor, the thoughtfulness of their students, the town, the maple syrup really all amounts to the perfect package school.